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"This is the sort of genius project that makes me bless the Internet every day as the greatest invention in the history of mankind." - John Brownlee, AMC tv's Sci-Fi Scanner Blog.
One of the wacky ideas floated by Hammer Films in 1971 but never developed beyond a sweet poster was 'Zeppelin vs. Pterodactyls.' People have said it's tragic this movie was never made. Now tragically it has been made, a 2007 mashup of public domain cliffhanger serials and old movies. What if Republic Pictures had gotten this idea in 1936? See it here. Watch for glimpses of John Wayne, two 'Wilhelm' screams, and one actor who wasn't even born until 1939.
I've been passing it off as a 1936 Republic Pictures serial. But there are some glaring anachronisms in it, and I'm not doing a very thorough job of hoaxing anyone. Sorry if you fell for it. Don't believe everything u read on teh internetz. (That quote from John Brownlee is true though. Don't take my word for it. Go verify it for yourself.)
This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archive Mashups
Producer: Rob Northrup
Production Company: Awkwardly Publishing
Audio/Visual: sound, black & white
Keywords: zeppelin; pterodactyls; Hammer Films; Republic Pictures; cliffhanger; serial; serials; mashup
Contact Information: For pedantic production notes and a guide to the inside jokes, see http://evilbobdayjob.blogspot.com/2007/07/zeppelin-vs-pterodactyls-1936.html
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Subject: TOTALLY INSPIRING "MASH UP" FUN ! !
#1 THIS WAS A HAMMER FILM IDEA
(Hammer films was known to sell films
[Read:"film ideas"] to distributors with mock
ups of "Film Posters" A lot of times before
they had a script)THE HAMMER FILM
POSTER/IDEA EXISTED, AND CAN BE FOUND ON THE NET
#2 BRAVO !!
Subject: A for effort, C for execution
Almost works as a Republic parody, but the first stumbling block comes in the "chapter 2" recap. Most Republics used a still photo of the hero against a nondescript background, with a few rows of text beneath recapping how he almost dies. An entertaining presentation however, hope you continue with variations on the theme.
I enjoyed the heck out of this and especially the use of "the Wilhelm Scream" which was one of the anachronisms referred to but they worked anyway.
Subject: Works for me
Good mashup...great job of editing..
I liked it
Subject: Good idea, incoherent result
Lots of models and stop motion animation of flying wings, biplanes, and pterodactyls from old serials & movies. Ugly new lettering. The music doesn't advance the new "plot" well, in which a flying wing attacks a Zeppelin, biplanes attack the flying wing, plus a few clips of pterodactyls; the picture quality and lighting changes constantly so I was never able to suspend belief that these clips were parts of a whole. The music editing doesn't support the idea well; e.g. the Zeppelin is eventually shot down, without any musical vamp, just a lot of plane engine noises. Occasional cuts to live action actors, but so many actors, and so incoherently that there's no sense of plot, the actors seem do things without obvious reasons. Expository dialog, almost none. The editing does not support the action well, one is never sure of where things are located relative to other things, the vantages change too confusingly.
On the whole not good, but it shows things to avoid and hilites several difficulties of the technique -- someday it might inspire somebody to do it better.
I am Miro from Slovakai. Interesant site.
Subject: Great fun
I enjoyed this - it really captures the style of the old serials, and is wonderfully silly! Very well put together.